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The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (IAPH), and Health Canada – First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) are funding a three-year (2012-2015), $1 million CDN evaluation of Active Circle. Faculty and students from Queen’s, Ryerson and Nipissing universities, in partnership with Motivate Canada and Aboriginal communities, will work together to develop ways to evaluate Motivate Canada’s impact by using community centered, arts-based, and Indigenous research methods such as Sharing Circles, PhotoVoice and Anishnaabe Symbol-Based Reflection (www.ryerson.ca/asbr). The hope is to gain understanding about how positive youth development programs like Active Circle influence youth and community-level health, development and capacity. The grant will also provide an opportunity for Aboriginal youth to share their experiences through artwork at a large Sharing Event at the conclusion of the research project.

The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (IAPH), and Health Canada – First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) are funding a three-year, $1 million CDN evaluation of Active Circle – a unique initiative developed by Motivate Canada that supports and mentors youth leaders in Aboriginal communities through sport, recreation and physical activity. Faculty and students from Queen’s, Ryerson and Nipissing universities, in partnership with Motivate Canada and Aboriginal communities, will work together to develop ways to evaluate Active Circle’s impact by using community centered, arts-based, and Indigenous research methods such as Sharing Circles, PhotoVoice and Anishnaabe Symbol-Based Reflection (www.ryerson.ca/asbr). The hope is to gain understanding about how positive youth development programs like Active Circle influence youth and community-level health, development and capacity. The grant will also provide an opportunity for Aboriginal youth to share their experiences through artwork at a large Sharing Event at the conclusion of the research project.

Research Team

The Active Circle Evaluation Project is guided by a Governing Circle comprised of members of various Aboriginal communitites from across Canada, staff from Motivate Canada and members of the Research Team.

The Active Circle Evaluation Project is guided by a Governing Circle comprised of members of various Aboriginal communities from across Canada, staff from Motivate Canada, and members of the Research Team. The Active Circle Evaluation Project is guided by a Governing Circle comprised of members of various Aboriginal communities from across Canada, staff from Motivate Canada, and members of the Research Team. 

The Research Team:

Lucie Lévesque

Lynn Lavallée

Brenda Bruner

Mark Bruner

Kathy Hare

Ian Boardley

Sean Hillier

Donna Ivimey

Colin Baillie

Christine Head

Robert Lovelace

Tristan Tremblay

 

The Governing Circle:

Wally Rabbitskin

Gloria Ranger

Lisa Marie Naponse

Rebekah Wilson

Sylvie Lajoie

Shirley Robinson

Veronica Smith

Roger Spencer

Summer Jim

Scott Clark

Erin Grant

Amanda Earle

Toni Williams

+ members of the Research Team

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